PHILADELPHIA- Penn’s field hockey team is on the road this weekend to play Ivy foeat Yale on Saturday. This game marks the last leg of the Quaker’s season as they only have three games left on their schedule all of them crucial Ivy matchups.
The Quakers and the Bulldogs have played 31 times over the years and Penn leads 20-9-2 in the all-time series. Last year, The Red and Blue narrowly beat Yale, 4-3, in overtime at Franklin Field; all four goals were scored by then seniors. The Quakers are looking for the same outcome as last year as a win is crucial for Penn to stay in the running for the title.
The Red and Blue are heading into this game with a 2-2 Ivy record. The Quakers are arriving at in New Haven having won two games in a row. On Sunday, Penn out-powered Columbia, 3-1, and on Wednesday rolled over Temple, 4-1. Rachel Eng, who leads Penn with seven goals, has scored two in each of the wins game-winners in both. Kathryn Rose has also netted a goal in each of the games. Margaretha Ehret has recorded six goals and four assists to tie Eng for the team lead with 17 points apiece.
Between the posts, goalie Alanna Butera has recorded 95 saves best in the Ivies. Defensively, the Quakers will need to remain strong in Saturday’s game as they have been doing all season Yale’s offensive, much like Penn’s has seen an explosion of offensive scoring recently.
Yale, who is 1-3 in the Ivy League, racked up seven goals in last weekend’s two wins over Dartmouth and Hofstra, and the Bulldog’s Ashley McCauley had a hand in four of them. McCauley scored three goals, including both game-winners. She leads the team in both goals (nine, third in the Ivy League) and points (20, fourth in the Ivy League).
Game time is set for 12 p.m. on Yale’s Johnson Field. Live stats will be available at yalebulldogs.cstv.com.